Sleep. A daily event…
I look forward to each night when my eyes get heavy. Hands down my go-to daily medicine. With the time falling back this week, I have found myself yearning for more sleep.
I have always been a good sleeper. In fact, I could be sleepin’ now. Instead, I choose to write. After a full day of mama-ing (yes, I’m using my status of a mama as a verb!), it’s time for my own soul medicine—writing.
As I shared in Lesson 11: You are the Mama (Guardian) of Your Soul, we each experience what feeds our “soul to be present with our essence and inner knowing” differently. This is what I call Soul Medicine.
While sleep has been a lifelong friend, I’m curious…
When Do You Know It’s Time to Do Less & Rest?
Whether it seems like a choice or not, we do get to choose: how much sleep will we get each night?
My sweet spot is 8-9 hours. Before having a kiddo, I’d say it was more like 10-12 hours. While I’d rarely get the latter, I do remember thinking that catching up on sleep during the weekends was actually a thing.
Now with a kiddo that sleeps through the night more often than less, my sweet spot is beginning to happen more and more. With this new reality, I’m often left pondering on the nights I’m not on bedtime duty…
Is what I want to do more important than a good night of sleep?
Often, the answer is “no” because at 35 I’ve learned the powerful and counter-intuitive lesson that it’s better to start fresh than push through.
Which is why…
Sleep is My Never-Fail Invitation to Reset
While I can own that each day is not promised, what is promised is that each day is a new beginning, a fresh start. Easier said than done when you don’t go to bed mad or sad. The latter has historically been harder for I because sadness shows up in many forms.
On the worst days, when it feels hopeless and everything is out of my control, sleep saves the day. Because on these days, sleep feels like the only solution. And, in doing so, when you wake up it’s like an automatic do-over.
Then the invitation feels like the lottery when we Fall back gaining an hour versus an evil trick when we Spring forward and loss an hour. Which has been wondering yet again…
Why do we still have Daylight Savings?
At the heart of the matter, it’s about maximizing daylight in an effort to conserve energy. After a quick google search, I learned that “Today, about 40% of countries worldwide use it to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy” (courtesy of TimeandDate.com’s History of Daylight Savings Time),
As I write the first draft of this post, it’s the eve of returning to Standard Time. One of my favorite nights of the year. The evening when time literally stops and falls back an hour. When we are graced with an extra hour if we live in a state that recognizes this tradition of bending time.
Then, my daughter woke up at 5:30 am. And, I was reminded that I’m the mama of a toddler who wakes up based on her internal clock and when it’s ready to rise not the new time on some clock. In Jaylin’s case, that meant waking up at 5:30 am.
Hmm…maybe my love for this day will return when Jaylin’s a teenager? Until then, I’ll hold onto the Truth that no matter what the clock says, sleep is the best medicine.
Not Convinced Sleep is the Best Free Gift You Can Give Yourself
Don’t just take it from me…
Listen to the above podcast interview with Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, in which she likens our society glamorizing sleep-deprivation to that of smoking in the 1950s and 60s. Arianna proclaims that,
“We need to get to the point where parading your sleep deprivation like a badge of honor is stigmatized.”
As one who unintentionally lived life without sleep for a full 24 hours (thanks la luna) last week, let me be the first say, no badge of honor here. Instead, a yearning for what was missed. In fact, since the time changed, sleep and early to bed sleep has called my name. While I still don’t believe you can “catch-up” on sleep, I do believe that sleep has been my friend.
And, this week my friend has kindly ask that I ease up on the late-night writing and instead simply sleep ?
Intentional Justice™ in Your Life
Now, it’s your turn. I invite YOU to consider:
- How much sleep do you need each night?
- What do you love about the daily act of sleeping?
- Does sleep feel like a dose of medicine to you? Why or why not?
?Please share your thoughts below in the comments ?
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